Jalen Smith NBA Draft Scouting Report

Position

  Height

 Weight

 From

PF  6-10  200  Maryland

  Born

  Wingspan

  Standing Reach

  Vertical

 3/16/00 NA NA  NA

Overview
A very intriguing 6-10 forward who definitely passes the eye test when he steps onto the floor. He joins Bruno Fernando to form a powerful and athletic frontcourt for a Terps team that will be loaded going into the 2018/19 season.

He's a natural big man but is also a very fluid athlete and has coordination usually seen in wings. As he expands his game to the perimeter he'll gain more and more draft value.

Strengths
  • Makes the game look easy - smooth leaper and fluid athlete with speed, change of direction and natural ability
  • Can really get off the ground and is very quick to the rim
  • Uses ball fakes well. Has quick hands and knows how to keep the ball high. Has a lot of burst.
  • Attacks the offensive glass and gets a lot of stick(s)-back dunks
  • A righty who has an advanced left hand, dribbling, scoring and blocking shots
  • Shows promise as a multi-dimensional offensive threat, with a face-up game and 3 point shooting range
  • A disciplined defender who keeps his feet and jumps second - can block shots with either hand and is very quick off the ground
  • A hard worker who puts in the effort to improve his game and add strength to his frame
  • A very grounded and humble young man
Weaknesses
  • Has a thin frame and a very light lower body
  • Needs to add upper body strength but will likely always be more of a finesse big-man, especially at the next level
Comparisons
  • P.J. Brown
  • Anthony Randolph
Projection: first round pick in the 2020 NBA Draft